Oya Gunay


Oya Günay is an Executive Coach and Strategy Partner, working with leaders and senior corporate executives across Europe. She has more than 20 years of international business experience in financial services, including senior investment banking operations, CFO and Project Management roles. She leverages her diverse business experiences to help corporate executives and organizations develop unique strategies to maximize their potentials. Her expertise includes leadership development, cultural transformation, conflict resolution and mediation, resilience and change management. Oya Günay is a certified Executive Coach of Columbia University, Business School and a certified Assessment Analyst on The Neethling Brain Instrument.

She works with several multinational companies across Europe and is a business partner of StangerCarlson Leadership and Talent Company in New York, USA, Coach in a Box Company, UK, and WU Executive Academy in Vienna, Austria.She teaches in some of the seminar programs organized by the Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.

She speaks Turkish, English and German.


What does it take to be a Global Coach? Acceptance of the equality of cultural differences
Conveying to people from different cultural backgrounds the sense that they are accepted as they are, requires the internalization of this belief. Based on Self-Determination Theory (SDT) this paper highlights how and under which conditions internalization may take place. It presents coaches working in the global arena a number of self-assessment questions which aim to help them assess their level of acceptance and reflect on their ability to effectively interact in culturally diverse environments.

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